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Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The subject of my story can’t be smelled, seen, touched, or tasted by boaters. However, these drawbacks don’t make my subject insignificant — I’m not overstating it to say that what you don’t sense can kill you. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, […]

Plotting a Course for Dinner

Plotting a Course for Dinner

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey, skipper. Do you find your spouse or significant other is sometimes less passionate about boating than you are? In the early days of our marriage, after I had built a sailboat, Meg’s enthusiasm for cruising diminished like an outgoing tide. It wasn’t that she was inept — my first mate is a pretty savvy […]

Boater’s Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost. Yet amidst the bills and expenses, there’s a boating freebie available to every vessel owner. This no-cost perk may save lives, prevent injuries, reduce risks, and potentially prevent costly fines. This great-sounding deal is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC), a no-cost, no-risk way to have […]

Clean Up Spring Prep

Clean Up Spring Prep

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A boater’s winter goal is keeping the elements out of the vessel. In spring, it’s preventing toxins from entering our waterways. DIY boaters need to keep harmful substances from leaching into waterways directly from toxic bottom paint, parking lot overflow, and storm drains. Noxious elements also eventually enter our air and waterways from landfills. If […]

The Case for Paper

The Case for Paper

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  My marina neighbor boasted to me that the only paper he had aboard was “a roll in the head.” Really? With all of those shiny electronic navigation gadgets lighting up the bridge like a Christmas tree, what would my boater buddy do if a key component, such as a chart plotter, went down? Unless […]

Become a Green Boater

Become a Green Boater

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  We all want a non-polluting boating environment with clear waters, clean beaches, and healthy marine life. While we cannot control every assault on our environment, boaters can curtail or eliminate our human-generated pollution. Petroleum products are high on the list of marine foulers. Before you leave your slip, take a look over the side […]

Law Enforcement on the Water

Law Enforcement on the Water

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever had an encounter with marine law enforcement? Depending upon the circumstances, the meeting can be either a life-saving experience or a nautical humiliation. The good news is that there are men and women at the ready to engage in search and rescue missions, protecting lives and saving vessels. These first responders react […]

Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

Boaters’ Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost involved. Oh, we love our pastime and understand the expenses, but let’s face it — wouldn’t it be great if someone offered us a boating freebie? Even better, how about providing a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on our watercraft […]

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